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In an era of ballooning corporate campaign expenditures, unleashed by the Supreme Court in Citizens United, trust in our government is at an all time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress - and that our Republic has been lost.

Using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left, Republic, Lost not only makes clear how the economy of influence defeats the will of the people, but offers cogent strategies to correct our course - from a constitutional convention to a Regent Presidency.

A onetime friend of Barack Obama, Lessig, a professor of law at Harvard, is as critical of the president and the Democratic Party as he is of Republicans. Both have allowed the core institution of our democracy to become little more than a shill for the most powerful moneyed interests in our Republic.

America may be divided, argues Lessig, but we must recognize that corruption is our common enemy, and we must find a way to fight against it.

©2011 Lawrence Lessig (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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Great thinker. Interesting perspective.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Fantastic research reflected in this book. Interesting insights. Helps you understand much of the dysfunction that exists in Washington. You may not agree with the book, but the discussion is very enlightening and the writing is very good.

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This book should be required reading

What did you like about this audiobook?

The author not only explains what has gone wrong in the US government but how we got here and offers sensible (if long view) solution(s). Well written and engaging. Regardless of your political views if you care about our country you need to read this book. In fact it should be required in high school civics classes.

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Good analysis of our major problem.

Although this book is written by a conservative (his words) turned Obama liberal, I, as a Tea Party conservative/Libertarian found that I agree with almost all of it. I'll forgive that he played the Charlie Brown role and believed the campaign speeches that O gave, speeches that convinced him that this time Lucy wouldn't pull the ball away. (The Charlie/Lucy analogy is from the book).

It's odd that he spends one chapter trying to convince the reader that studies have found almost no link between lobby money and congressional votes - then he spends most of the remaining book giving myriad examples of how it does. I recommend this book to all my Tea Party friends.

He enumerates 4 plans to fix the problem - all of which he gives 2-15% chance of success. But these plans are thought provoking and engendered a couple of ideas in my mind. Maybe if we put our heads together, and tap the expertise of think tanks like the Heritage Foundation, we can make a difference. The think tanks know how to balance the budget. They just need groups like the Tea Party organizations to put the heat on congress.

We don't need to rewrite the constitution. We need to provide logical solutions and bring enough pressure to bear on our elected "servants" to get them to consider what's right for our grand kids' future, instead of what K street wants, for a change. We, the people, need to regain our voice in how this country is run. We'll never have the money that the K street lobbyists have, so we must resort to other tactics - All ideas are welcome.

The only part of the book that I found distracting: he was so PC that he always used the pronoun "she" when referring to hypothetical congressmen and senators, most of whom are male - even she for a hypothetical prez, all of whom have been male. Is that reverse sexism?

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  • Tim
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Revamping "K" St.

The old system is not working. Lawrence Lessig gives good explanation on how Congress Senate, and Lobbyists, works. Instead of focusing an election every 4 years, how about revamping our Constitution and let the citizens decide on what is best.

This is a requirement read for reform for change, and not rely on a single candidate that we elect into the office. No matter who we vote for, the process is always the same with empty promises. Our country is base on democracy, but yet, there is no voice from the people.

Instead of four "more" years or four "new" years, we should restructure the process of doing business on "K" Street.

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  • Stacey
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Excellent, thought provoking, and compelling read

What did you love best about Republic, Lost?

I love how Lessig articulated the problems with money in politics in a way that I could understand. I had felt discomfort with the lobbyist-politician-corporation cycle, but I couldn't intelligently articulate why. Lessigs gives clear explanations and concrete examples to back up his theories. I didn't necessarily agree with everything he said (I thought his example describing the problem with the educational system was a bit oversimplified), but he makes a compelling overall case.

Have you listened to any of Lawrence Lessig’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have seen Lessig's TED talks and heard his interview for this book on the Daily show. The professor is both knowledgeable and able to communicate in easily understandable terms. His vocal performance in the book is OK, but he gets into

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I would highly recommend this entertaining and informative audio book.

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